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Solar Collector/Gold Coast

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
7-11 S 
Black Gold S 
Blue Eyed Honkey Jesus S 
Brambly Downslide S 
Broken Chicken Wing  T 
Buddha Hole S 
Chester Fried Chicken T 
Chicken Boy S 
Decline of Western Civilization S 
Erik's First 5.6 T 
Erik's Second 5.6 T 
Ethics Police S 
Forgive Me Amy, For I Have Sent TR 
Fubar T 
God's Own Stone S 
Golden Boy S 
Golden Shower S 
Green Horn S 
Herd Mentality S 
Highway Turtle S 
Lucky Duck Soup S 
Mona Lisa Overdrive  S 
No Fluff S 
Norway On My Mind S 
On the Prowl S 
Perfect Pint, The T 
Rebar T 
Red Shift S 
Slow Jack T 
Smoothie Nut T 
Space Junk S 
Sunny the Boxer S 
Suns Out Guns Out S 
Supafly S 
Super Pinch S 
True Love S 
Zone of Silence S 

Solar Collector/Gold Coast Rock Climbing 

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As you approach the cliff you come to the Solar Collector first. An east-facing wall that gets taller as you move to the right. The routes start at 5.10+ and progress to 5.12 as the wall grows and the lines get longer. The tops of these route will get wet in the rain as the routes go right to the top of the wall.

The next main section of cliff after you pass through a cave and a few slabby routes in black rock that look nice, is the Gold Coast which faces south. This wall is pretty amazing to behold. Route on the main section of wall range from 5.13 to project. The climbing is on holds that are smaller than your typical Red River Gorge fair. Many of the routes follow streaks and will likely be wet if it has been raining a bunch, but they do not go to the top of the wall so should stay dry for the most part except for Black Gold which is in a drainage.

Further right most of the routes are traditional lines of more moderate grades.

Getting There 

Take the Fixer Rd turn off to the right near a sign for Lee County. Make your first left and follow th epaved road which eventually turns to dirt/gravel. About a mile after the road turns to dirt look for a big gas tank on the left that has been painted to look like some sort of creature, turn right here and follow the road to the end at a RRGCC kiosk.

Pick up the trail to the right of the kiosk and follow it through a ravine and across some logs through a marshy area. You will see a trail signed "Gold Coast" on the right, this trail will take you to the far right side of the cliff which is mostly traditional climbing. The next signed trail you see to the right will be for the "Solar Collector" This trail accesses the two main sections of the wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

37 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Solar Collector/Gold Coast

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Solar Collector/Gold Coast:
Chester Fried Chicken   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
The Perfect Pint   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
Lucky Duck Soup   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Norway On My Mind   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Erik's First 5.6   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Sunny the Boxer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Broken Chicken Wing    5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
On the Prowl   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Decline of Western Civilization   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   
Smoothie Nut   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 60'   
Super Pinch   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   
Rebar   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Green Horn   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Mona Lisa Overdrive    5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Ethics Police   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Buddha Hole   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Supafly   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Blue Eyed Honkey Jesus   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Herd Mentality   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   
Golden Boy   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 60'   
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Featured Route For Solar Collector/Gold Coast
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike moving up towards the crux of True Love.

True Love 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a  KY : Red River Gorge : ... : Solar Collector/Gold Coast
This sick crimpfest will test your ability to adhere to the worst slopey holds imaginable. Many a Golden Boy suitor has peered to the right to inspect the holds of True Love only to remark that it only has footholds, not handholds. Rest assured, the holds are there, but they require precision and control to hang onto. Start as for Golden Boy with a few long reaches to a mantle onto a ledge, chalk up and mount the face above. The first couple bolts will weed out those not up to the challenge, i...[more]   Browse More Classics in KY

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Rain Collector...the day after a Spring storm ...
The Rain Collector...the day after a Spring storm ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Gold Coast at high tide.
The Gold Coast at high tide.
Rock Climbing Photo: Standing in one of the big huecos that Solar Colle...
Standing in one of the big huecos that Solar Colle...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gold Coast detail.  From L --> R:  Black Gold, ...
Gold Coast detail. From L --> R: Black Gold, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Remarkable "Gold Coast"
The Remarkable "Gold Coast"
Rock Climbing Photo: A famous MPer from Boulder levitates near the Sola...
A famous MPer from Boulder levitates near the Sola...

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By Adam Stackhouse
Nov 14, 2011